What’s Trending: Adidas All Stars

By Mary Claire F.

Recently in fashion, the shoes called Adidas All Stars have been very popular. These shoes were very trendy in the ‘90s and now they are being brought back. Adidas All Stars can be customized into different colors other than just the original white with the three black stripes. For example, the shoe can have pink or gold stripes as well. These shoes cost around $80+ for both men’s and women’s sizes.

Adidas All Stars are super cute with outfits and are good for all types of styles. You can wear them while wearing more dressy outfits or even when you are wearing something more casual. They look good with anything and look cute on anyone.

What’s Trending: Lokai Bracelets

By Amy T.

Many kids are seen walking around the school hallways with a special type of bracelet. These bracelets are called Lokai bracelets.  They have a white bead on one side and a black bead on the other side.  Then, all around are beads shaped like that in multiple different colors.  Lokai bracelets come in four different sizes to fit any wrist.  The cost is $18 for each bracelet.  Some may be thinking that it’s very expensive for just that one bracelet but it’s all for a good cause.  Each bracelet comes in a different color or pattern to symbolize a different cause and a portion of each bracelet profit is donated to charity.  There is a clear beaded bracelet for no cause.  There is a light pink bracelet and a darker magenta bracelet, each of which represents Breast Cancer Research Society.  There is a camo bracelet for the Society for Welfare to Animals, a purple bracelet for the Alzheimer’s foundation, and a neon rainbow bracelet for the Make A Wish foundation. A blue, white, and grey patterned bracelet for the Shark Society, a blue bracelet for water (to be more specific, to bring clean water to the people of Ethiopia which could come in a set with a water bottle and a type of google glasses, and a red bracelet for the American Heart Society  are limited edition and are only available for sale on the website for about a month.  The clear bracelet is always on the website.  That’s not all! There is one white and one black bead on either side of the Lokai.  The black bead is filled with mud from the dead sea and the white bead has water from Mount Everest in it.  This is to support the inspirational Lokai quote, “ When you’re at your highest point, stay and humble.  When you’re at your lowest point, stay humble.”   Will you be making the hallways more colorful with these special bracelets for a good cause?

Q&A with Ms. Emann

By Giovanna C.

Question: What made you want to start teaching?
Answer: I wanted to start teaching because I loved school, especially the fourth grade.

Question: What brought you to Brookside?
Answer: I came to Brookside because I heard that they had a great school community and great students.

Question: How do you like Brookside so far?
Answer: I absolutely love it, I love my class, and working with all of the teachers.

Question: What college did you attend?
Answer: Penn State

Question: How many years have you been teaching?
Answer: This is my sixth year teaching.

Question: Have you taught any other grades?
Answer: I taught second grade for 5 years.

Question: Why did you decide to teach fourth grade?
Answer: I wanted 4th grade because I loved my 4th grade teacher.

Question: Have you always wanted to be a teacher? If not what did you want to be?
Answer: Yes, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher.

Guy’s Grocery Games

By Kristina N.

There are many shows on the Food Network. Many of them are cooking competition shows. One of those shows is Guy’s Grocery Games. Guy’s Grocery Games is in its 11th  season. The show is hosted by Guy Fieri. Guy’s Grocery Games is a reality show, a cooking show,  and a game show. The way that the show works is, first, four chefs compete in the first round. Contestants must shop for the ingredients to cook a dish. They are given 30 minutes to make their dish. After the first round, the judges taste and critique the chefs’ dishes and eliminate one chef. Then, the remaining three chefs compete in the second round. They shop for their ingredients to make their dish. They have 30 minutes to make their dish. After the second round, the judges taste and critique the chef’s dishes and  eliminate one chef. Then, the remaining two chefs compete in the final round. They must shop for their ingredients to cook their dish. They are given 30 minutes to make their dish. After the final round, the judges taste and critique the chef’s dishes. Then, the winner of Guy’s Grocery Games is announced. To win $20,000, the winner is given a list of 10 items, worth $2,000 each to find in one minute around the store.

Shopping for the ingredients to make their dish can be a challenge because, the host of the show, Guy Fieri will sometimes throw an obstacle in their way.  He may limit how many items they can use, makes them use a certain item or does not let them use a section of the store such as the produce section, the meat department or dairy section. In addition, sometimes the chefs are given fake money and have to “check-out” before going to their stations to start cooking. When they have to “check-out” they usually are limited to how many items they can have or how much money the groceries are worth, for example, sometimes the groceries can only be worth $10 or less.

If the chefs were able to choose exactly what they wanted to cook for each round, it would be too easy. Therefore, they sometimes have to cook something using ingredients from another dish or their grandchild’s favorite food.

Guy’s Grocery Games is a challenge but everyone enjoys it and especially when they win!

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

By Osman K.

After nine years of waiting, J.K. Rowling has finally published a new Harry Potter book. It is called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The book instantly became the top selling book in many countries including America. It is about Harry Potter and his son (Albus) adventuring through Hogwarts. The first big surprise is when Albus is put into Slytherin, after his dad, brother, and cousin were and are all in Gryffindor. Then, Albus makes friend with Scorpius, Draco Malfoy’s son. Harry and Draco were enemies when they were in Hogwarts, and Draco was a Death Eater. Albus keeps going on adventures with Scorpius, which is tearing the Ministry of Magic apart. Harry keeps going on missions finding his son, and eventually he decides to tear Albus and Scorpius’ friendship apart.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a great book and will be enjoyed by millions of people. Nobody can put it down.

Spectacles: The Glasses of Our Generation

By Joey M.

This September, an accessory was announced for the widely popular social media app, Snapchat, which has over 100 million users. This accessory is called Spectacles, which lets the user get a first person look without using their phone.

To use Spectacles, you need to install the app called Snapchat. Then, create an account on your phone to record and upload videos and photos to friends. With Spectacles, users can take videos in first person without the hesitation of dropping, breaking, or cracking your phone. Instead, users can use augmented reality glasses (aka smart glasses) to upload and record videos and take photos to share with friends.

It started to be talked about and spread in late 2014, when the 18 billion dollar company was on its feet again with a new idea, after renaming their company Snap. Inc from Snapchat. Inc. With this, they have already released a video on YouTube, as the link will be put down in the description. This video has been viewed over 1.7 million times, as the item is becoming wildly popular. This item is anticipated to be released in 2016, primarily this November, but the day is not released yet. This item will cost $130, as it will only be this price because of the limited time it will be released, which Snap. Inc announced, but it isn’t known if their will be a jacked price is they offer special style glasses.

Spectacles will work as if a Speaker works, without the cords. This means it will be a wireless item, and it is worked by bluetooth, so it’s a bluetooth wireless item. And Snap. Inc has already announced how it will work for the users of these advanced glasses. Firstly, there will be a button on those glasses, which the user will press for a ten-second snap, as a snap is like a post on a social media snap. Instead, on the app the user has to hold the button indicated to take a video, as it goes to a ten second limit. And when you are recording, there in the corners of each glass will light up, indicating that you are recording a snap. Then after the Snap is fully complete, you can upload them to your memories and share the snap to your friends. A memory in Snapchat is a saved snap that is loved or a story, and a story is a bundle of snaps from one day. And like all other devices, they have to be charged. But instead of a standard input of electricity, or in other words a cable like a phone or a computer, spectacles use a case to charge the glasses.

They have also said instead of the standard square snap to do, the Snapchat instead will be circled. Now, with all of this, there are many unanswered questions. Some questions are like will there be a cable in the case, or that will you select the lens you want to download or will it will have two lenses that you can share. Tons of questions are bundling up, as it becomes obvious Snap Inc. will not be answering that much questions. And the lenses, on hand will provide a 115 degree angle to capture every moment to the user when it comes out.

This idea was thought up by Evan Spiegel, the CEO of Snap Inc., when one particular day he brought his prototype into a meeting, and which is where the Spectacles innovation started. With this, some people maybe or maybe not wanted to buy this. Out of the interviews, we found that out of 19 people, 26.31% said they did want this innovative product, as 73.69% they did not want this product, only because they didn’t want the app or they had insufficient funds. This has made it so that many people don’t want to have this product, but this doesn’t mean it won’t be a very big hit for Snapchatters.

iPhone 7 Launches Across the World

By Tommy C.

The new iPhone 7 came out on September 7, 2016. While the phone has excellent sales in the United States, the iPhone 7 has been banned by some countries because they aren’t pleased with the success of Apple’s new phone. Also, patriotism is a big deal in China, and some companies feel that buying a smartphone from a foreign company — specifically Apple — does not demonstrate patriotism. As a result, they’ve issued warnings to employees: ‘Buy an iPhone 7 and your employment will be terminated.’ However, in other countries, sales are on high, with formerly stocked shelves brimming with boxes and sleek displays completely bare and empty from the rush.

Surveys show that 50% of people would buy an iPhone if they had the money, but the cost of $649-$749 proves the phone to be extremely expensive compared to models from years before. Some new features on the iPhone 7 are water resistant, bigger, better camera, new home button, The better performance, longer lasting battery life, immersive stereo speakers, the bright colors, and lack of headphone jackets make it the best phone, by far. Despite this, people are complaining about their being no headphone jack because if they forget their headphones or earbuds they can’t borrow it from friends since not many people have the iPhone 7 yet.

The iPhone has two sizes and five finishes. They are constructed with incredibly strong 7000 series aluminum and are available in the colors black, jet black, silver, gold, and rose gold. Also, the iPhone is the most popular camera in the world, so they’ve reengineered that beloved camera, adding optical image stabilization, an f/1.8 aperture, and a six element lens to make it even better for taking pictures and filming videos in low light.

The FaceTime HD camera is not only higher resolution but it also uses wide color capture. If you’re worried about lighting, the Retina Flash matches the ambient light for a shot with natural-looking skin tones. The Photos app offers tools let you find, share, and remaster your photos in entirely new ways. You can buy the phone on Apple’s website or in Apple stores near you, if you want to spend $649-$749.



iPhone 7 Brings Exciting New Changes

By Michael Braun

image via apple.com

So you thought that your iPhone 6s was cool? Well the two new iPhones, the 7 and 7 plus, blow the competition away. First off, the iPhone 7 comes in five amazing colors. The classic gold, rose gold, and silver and the new black and jet black. The iPhone 6s only came in 3 colors, silver, gold, and rose gold.

A big difference about the iPhone 7 from the 6 is no more headphone jack. This means that your old headphones won’t work for this. But don’t fear, because apple has you covered. Coming in the box with the iPhone 7 will be new headphones that instead of connecting to a headphone jack, will connect to a lightning port, where you charge your phone. Or, if you want to keep your headphones, the iPhone 7 comes with a syncing dongle that will allow old headphones to connect to the lightning port. Or, if that doesn’t satisfy you, you can get the new air pods. As you may have guessed from the name, these are earbuds connected by bluetooth, and that means no more getting wires all tangled up. They have 5 hours battery life and come with a charging case with an extra 24 hours of battery life. These air pods cost $159.

Have you ever said goodbye to your phone next to a toilet or a pool? Well do not fear, the new waterproof iPhone 7 is here! Yes, that’s right, I did say waterproof. It can go up to thirty minutes submerged and one meter down. As well as being protected from water, the iPhone 7 is sealed and will repel dust.

This next update is probably the biggest part about the new phone. However, this update is only for the iPhone 7 plus. Along with the original 12MP lens, the 7 plus comes with an additional lens which helps to make your pictures all the better. When taking a picture, you can zoom up to 2x in hardware and 10x in software. It also has a more advanced LED flash for better coloring.

What makes a phone the best it can be? The little things. Yes, they are little differences, but they add up. First off, the brightness is much better. This might not seem to amazing, but its max brightness is much brighter, making it much easier to read, see, or watch. Another difference about the 7 is it has much better battery life. Apple claims that it has 2 hours longer battery life. Ways to save battery life can include lowering volume, lowering brightness, and turning on airplane mode. If you put your brightness to a quarter way, it should save you about 15%.

You can buy the iPhone 7 for 32, 128, or 256 GB for $649, $749, or $849. Or if you want to go big and get the 7   plus, you can get 32, 128, or 256 GB for $769, $869, or $969. Not bad. But just wait till the next iPhone! The iPhone 8…

Fantasy Football Positional Rankings, Weeks 7-10

By Michael B., Alex M., and Kyle W.





Latest news about the most popular teams

New York Giants
No injuries at the moment
New York has to find something that will control Odell Beckham Jr.’s anger. The Giants are thinking about bringing Tom Coughlin to help with  Odell’s anger. Odell apologized, and said “I don’t want to set a bad example for kids.” Eli Manning tells Odell Beckham Jr. “ Just play football. Keep making plays and do your thing.” New York plays the Rams Sunday at 9:30am. Both teams are 3-3.This game will be one of the best of week 7. The giants are going to play at Twickenham stadium. All the giants need to do is make sure their defence holds up and that their offensive line doesn’t collapse. The giants defensive has to make sure no one gets through the middle and sack Eli Manning. Or lose yards when trying to run the ball. Most people think the giants are not doing well because of Odell, but think of this the giants haven’t made the playoffs on 6 years. Odell has only been with the giants for 2 years. They changed their coach and nothing else.

San Francisco 49ers

Vance Mcdonald: Hip  injury: Questionable for return: When he is uninjured, an extra ten days will be added to fully heal

Kerley Palmer: Ankle injury: Questionable for September 9th and October 16th  game

Navorro Bowman: torn left achilles tendon:Not known for return

Colin Kaepernick was put in as starter last Sunday. After being under investigation for kneeling for the national anthem, he was finally cleared and said, “I don’t want to kneel forever.” and “I want these things to change.” He was kneeling for black people’s rights. The main reason he was kneeling is because of the Black Lives Matter cause. He will soon be interviewed again.

Seattle Seahawks

Kam Chancellor, line backer, was out with a groin injury.

Russell Wilson: Ankle/knee: Will play, however, this injury could slow him down

Thomas Rawls: fibula injury: He will be out for at least another month.

Jimmy Graham: back/knee:Questionable for return: Unknown return

No exciting news at the moment

Dallas Cowboys

Dan Bailey: Back: Questionable for play this Sunday

Dez Bryant: Knee: Questionable for return

Tony Romo: Back: Out right now, but will be checked if he is allowed to play again

David Irving: Concussion: Will be out for at least 3 more weeks

Dak has to start over Romo. Rumor has it that players on the cowboys don’t want Romo starting again. The big question is will they start Dak or Romo.

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Girl Scouts Take Action

The following article is a special contribution by a 7th Grade Girl Scout troop at Brookside. 

We, Girl Scout Troop  1166, have just completed our media journey. We have learned about the benefits and drawbacks of all types of media and how sometimes it can be misleading. For our take-action project, we decided to review different products comparing what they say they will do and what they really do, and we put them together to share with you.

Keratin ShampooTRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner (by Meghan C.)

This product is supposed to make your hair smoother and reduce frizz. When used in combination, they work very well. Hair becomes smoother, less curly, and easier to style. Many other products claim to do the same, but often they don’t change anything. In contrast, these products do what they are meant to do. I would recommend this product to anyone with curly or frizzy hair, as it also makes hair feel more nourished and healthy.

FRE Lifeproof iPhone case (by Genevieve)Life Proof Case

I tested the Lifeproof case for iPhone 5C by Fre. The case is advertised on the box that it is waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof and shockproof. The box claims that the phone is fully submersible to 6.6 feet, and totally sealed from “dirt + dust”, completely closed to snow and ice, and finally survives drops up to  6.6 feet.  I got the case from Best Buy last June for about $40.

I thought it worked very well, but I decided to test its waterproof ability. So I took my phone out of the case and filled a pot with cold water. I put dried beans as a weight in the case. We weighed the case with the beans to make that the bean-filled case was the same weight as with the iPhone. Then I sealed the case and put it in the water, and let it sit under water for five minutes. After five minutes, I took the case out of the water and dried it off very well. Then I opened the case and let the beans fall out on some paper towels.  I moved the beans to see if the paper towel was wet, and it was not. Then I put some paper towel inside the two case halves to see if they were wet where the beans had been. The front half was tiny bit damp by the ports and the screen, but the back half was completely dry.

The case is pretty easy to put on and take off your phone, but you need a penny at all times to remove the case. I noticed that after a few weeks of my phone wearing it, I could remove the case with just my hands.

The Lifeproof case works but you shouldn’t just put it in your pool for fun. It protects your phone from different accidents, but not to swim around with. Overall, the case is durable and lives up to the claims on the box, and I recommend this product.

Fin Fun Mermaid Tails (by Maggie M. & Bella S.) Tail

The brightly colored, fun mermaid tails are sold online only and appear realistic and fun to use in the water.  They come in two parts and are sold separately with a choice of tail pattern and optional monofin.  They can be used in pools or lakes and actually work like fins in the water. In order to make it work you need to buy the monofin.  The cost of the two items are $114.85.  The very first time I used it, I had a lot fun in the water, however, when I stood in the pool and jumped around like shown in the video online the monofin broke and then did not work when you swam.  The company had a 30 day return policy, but they refused to refund or replace the monofin because they said that you could not jump in the water with it.  I would recommend the product only if you use it for one time limited use, but not regular use because it will break.  This product is too expensive for the amount of time you actually can use it.

Garnier Color Styler – Intense Wash-out Color (By Danielle C. & Hair Color 3Sarah R.)

This product promises “intense Color” that lasts 2-3 shampoos. The picture shows very bright colored highlights in dark brown hair.  The application of the product is very easy and not too messy. While we liked this product, the color was not even close to being as intense as promised, and it washes out in a day or two. It cost $6 and we think it is worth it for the money. You can use it more than once, and there is a lot of product in the bottle. Overall, we recommend Garnier Color Styler and think it is a good purchase.